At the beginning of the Twentieth century, the United States enjoyed an economic boom along with a rise in the anarchy movement leading to the assassination of a President.
How compelling can a whole book about one song be? As it turns out: Quite a lot, and very compelling. The secret to this book is that it isn't just about a song. It's a meditation on pop culture over the past few decades.
Just as Hilary Waugh and Ed McBain aimed at writing police procedurals that reflected police work in the United States as it really was, John Creasey in England was trying to do the same thing.
Already well-known as a webcomic creator, Canadian author Emily Carroll makes her print debut with Through the Woods - a collection of five short illustrated stories of horror.
Madeline Miller's achievement with The Song of Achilles cannot be overstated. Here's a novel that's absorbingly readable for a modern audience, but that still has the poetry of Homeric sagas.